With REM calling it a day, Michael Stipe’s got time for other pursuits. One pastime he’s dabbled in before is being a film producer (on the likes of Being John Malkovich, Man On The Moon and Saved!) and now he’s doing it again, serving as the executive producer on Korean-American director Andrew Ahn’s gay short film, Dol.
It’s a very personal short, which the director used to tell his own family – who starred in his movie – that he was gay. Ahn says: “I made this film to come out to my parents. I knew I wouldn’t be able to tell them, to say the words ‘I’m gay’.
“So I cast my family in the film, but never told them that it was about a gay Korean-American man. The filmmaking process both distracted from and prepared me for the inevitable – that I would eventually have to show my parents the finished film.”
In the film, Nick is a gay Korean-American man living in Los Angeles’ Korean area with his partner. When Nick attends his nephew’s dol, a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself longing for a life out of reach to him.
The film will debut at Sundance in a few weeks time, but we’ve embedded a short clip above.
(Source: Electric Banana)